GUWAHATI, Jan 28 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday formally inaugurated the pension scheme for the employees of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation at a function held at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra.
Speaking on the occasion, Gogoi said that the introduction of the pension scheme would improve the civil amenities in Guwahati. He said that the revenue of the Corporation has also increased and hoped that it would become self-reliant soon. He said that increase of revenue of the Corporation is an indicator of the development of Guwahati city.
The Chief Minister said that in 2001, when the present government assumed office, the government was not even in a position to pay salaries, not to speak of paying pension. The Reserve Bank had also stopped giving overdraft to the Assam government. The government was forced to divert funds earmarked for development work for payment of salaries.
However, the situation has now changed and the government does not have to divert funds for payment of salaries. He also said that development and law and order are inter-related and the overall situation has also improved considerably. The function was also addressed by GMC Mayor Abir Patra.